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Parkinson and Exercise: April is Parkinson Awareness month -1 Year after SUPER BODY, SUPER BRAIN wins its first official grant for Parkinson disease

April 12, 2012
PARKINSON GRANT- EXERCISE TO DELAY PROGRESSION OF PARKINSON-MICHAEL GONZALEZ-WALLACE

PARKINSON GRANT- EXERCISE TO DELAY PROGRESSION OF PARKINSON-MICHAEL GONZALEZ-WALLACE

Parkinson and Exercise: New exercise program targets motor skills and strength training

Dear friends

This month we need to pay attention to one of the most devastating  neurodegenerative diseases: Parkinson Disease. There is so much we can do and guess what: Exercise can play an important role in life quality for patients for Parkinson Disease.

I can’t believe one year has gone by since my program for Parkinson disease won its first official grant. I had a conversation with several doctors at the facility and they told me they were very happy on how people were responding. One year after and Bethesda Hospital is offering my program the whole year around Check for upcoming classes

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I am so excited and thrilled to share these incredible news with you!

After 4 years of meetings, phone calls and exhibitions with experts in Parkinson Disease I finally got my first official grant to implement my  program with Parkinson patients. The program will take place at the Capistrant Parkinson Center in Bethesda Hospital St Paul, Minnesota.

I modified my program and designed specific exercises aimed to improve in the following areas: Motor skills, balance, hand eye coordination, posture, stamina, flexibility and meditation. My program is based in strength training combined with motor skills leading to a phenomenal physical workout and numerous health benefits. I can’t wait to get started with patients in Parkinson and show how this program can be extremely beneficial.

1.OVERVIEW

Parkinson has become the second more common neurological disease in United States. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a brain disorder that affects about 1.5 million individuals in the United States, with over 60,000 new people diagnosed each year.  It affects both sexes in equal numbers, and while PD usually occurs after the age of 65, 14% of those diagnosed are under the age of 50.

According to the experts Neurons in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra produce a neurotransmitter called dopamine to control movement. With Parkinson’s, these neurons die off.

The progressive loss of dopaminergic cells located in the basal ganglia leads to  Parkinson patients be very sensitive to the loss of motor functions through a progresive loss of balance and coordination

SUPER BODY, SUPER BRAIN bases its approach in the following variables:

2.EXERCISE AND PARKINSON

The powerful effects of exercise are normally understimated with Parkinson patients. Since the patient is diagnosed in the early stages it is neccesary to implement a powerful and effective physical exercise program with the goal in mind to improve motor functions, a gradual increase of balance, coordination and range of motion.

 

Previous research, however, has identified certain exercises that stimulate the damaged area. By subjecting patients to workouts based on that data, researchers think it may prevent further degeneration of the substantia nigra, and stimulate dopamine production, says Quincy Almeida, director of WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY ‘s fledgling Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre in Waterloo.

Other succesful treatments rconnecting physical exercise and parkinson is the Science behind de LSTV/LOUD program. Following a study of over 15 years the program has shown interesting results from the connection of physcla exercise

The science and practice of LSVT/LOUD: neural plasticity-principled approach to treating individuals with Parkinson disease and other neurological disorders.

SUPER BODY, SUPER BRAIN Program stresses the importance of two powerful concepts:

-Intense brain activity and the effects of multitasking (raising heels and arms at the same time)

-Neural Plasticity (changing constantly the program). The program will consist of over 350 exercises structured in 9 progressive levels.

-Voice combined with a coordinated movement. Following succesful studies of LSVT/LOUD, where patients improved voice quality and many other important factors such as motor movement, swallowing or limb functioning.

PARKINSON FEEDBACK
Michael,
   My name is MARK WILLIAMS and I am caretaker for my wife JANE WILLIAMS who has had Parkinson’s for the past 15 years. Recently I was told by a very close friend named Alan Adler that you gave a Seminar, sponsored by Somerset Hospital, within the past few weeks. He had attended and thought you might be a help to my wife, as the disease is really beginning to take it’s toll. He gave me your literature which I had perused and I think must have unwittingly been discarded with the newspapers.
    We did however salvage the blue plastic ball which you had given to my friend Alan. The ball had been sitting in a bowl in the kitchen. A few days ago Joan picked up the ball and began throwing it in the air and catching it. When I observed this I was sitting about 10 feet away when she dropped the ball  I picked it up, threw it back and she easily caught it. I was impressed and we began throwing it back and forth. I am amazed that I can throw it to the right or left, up high or down low and she never misses carching it. It’s the best brain to muscle control I’ve been able to observe. As a result we do it now for maybe 10 min twice a day. I praise her and I can see she is very pleased with her accomplishment.
    Would you be so kind as to send me copies of your literature which you had passed out at the seminar?
Thank you,

Parkinson and Exercise

Movement & recreation classes

CAPISTRANT CLINIC-EXERCISE AND PARKINSON

CAPISTRANT CLINIC-EXERCISE AND PARKINSON

Super Body, Super Brain

Are you looking for a high intensity exercise class that will help improve your balance, coordination, and strength?

Super Body Super Brain is a circuit training exercise program composed of of multi tasking movements that challenge and improve both your muscles and your brain, created by personal trainer Michael Gonzalez-Wallace. This high energy class aims to improve motor skills, hand eye coordination, posture, stamina, and flexibility. This class is for participants who are physically active, able to multi-task and want a fun and challenging exercise routine.

Bethesda Hospital, 7th Floor Conference Room
Cost: $25 per six-class session
Check for upcoming classes

VIDEO OF PATIENTS WITH EARLY PARKINSON HOW THEY WILL DEVELOP AND IMPROVE MOTOR SKILLS

VIDEO OF PATIENTS WITH EARLY-INTERMEDIATE PARKINSON HOW THEY WILL DEVELOP AND IMPROVE MOTOR SKILLS

FOR THE LATEST TREATMENT IN PARKINSON: REVOLUTIONARY INJECTION IN THE BRAIN

A team of Oxford scientists believe they have created a groundbreaking form of therapy that could revolutionise the way Parkinson’s disease is treated.

PARKINSON AND STRENGTH TRAINING-BIBLIOGRAPHY

The effects of a balance and strength training program on equilibrium in Parkinsonism: A preliminary study

Journal NeuroRehabilitation, Publisher , Issue  Volume 14, Number 3/2000

Dibble LE, Hale T, Marcus RL, Gerber JP, Lastayo PC. The safety and feasibility of high-force eccentric resistance exercise in persons with Parkinson’s disease. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Sep;87(9):1280-2.

Dibble LE, Hale TF, Marcus RL, Droge J, Gerber JP, LaStayo PC. High-intensity resistance training amplifies muscle hypertrophy and functional gains in persons with Parkinson’s disease. Mov Disord. 2006 Sep;21(9):1444-52.

Hass CJ, Collins MA, Juncos JL. Resistance training with creatine monohydrate improves upper-body strength in patients with Parkinson disease: a randomized trial. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2007 Mar-Apr;21(2):107-15.

Silverman EP, Sapienza CM, Saleem A, Carmichael C, Davenport PW, Hoffman-Ruddy B, Okun MS. Tutorial on maximum inspiratory and expiratory mouth pressures in individuals with idiopathic Parkinson disease (IPD) and the preliminary results of an expiratory muscle strength training program. NeuroRehabilitation. 2006;21(1):71-9.

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